Just a week left to have your say

Fylde Council boundary
Fylde Council boundary
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Residents and businesses have just over a week left to take part in a countywide consultation asking whether people support the proposal for a Lancashire Combined Authority.

Councils across the county, including Fylde, are looking for as many people as possible to take part and are encouraging them to put forward their views.

So far, more than a thousand people have completed the survey, which closes at the end of next week and will inform any bid that is put forward to central Government.

Coun Alistair Bradley, chairman of the Council Leaders’ Group on Combined Authority matters, said: “We, as local councils, have spent many months discussing the proposals and putting forward ideas that we think will be of great benefit to residents and businesses in Lancashire.

“So, we want you to take your opportunity to have your say and input any ideas you have into the process.

“As councillors we want to make sure we are representing the majority of views of our residents and we can only do that if you come and tell us what you think.’

“A Combined Authority would see Lancashire councils working closer together on issues such as transport, regeneration and housing.

“It would not result in authorities merging and councils would continue to provide services as they currently do.

“There are only a few days to take part so if you’ve been putting it off or not got round to filling in the survey please try and make time this week so that your views are represented,’ said Coun Bradley.

“Shortly after the consultation has finished each council will be taking a report back to its councillors to see whether they want to progress and submit a formal bid to the government to create a Lancashire Combined Authority.”

People can take part in the consultation by visiting theirwww.fylde.gov.uk, calling into the council offices or by taking part in the debate online using #LancsCA.

Every local council in Lancashire, except Wyre Council, has agreed to support the consultation, which runs until Friday, February 19.